Technology is a very broad term when attempting to explain what I mean by the significance of the notion of gateways as entrances to an ever-shifting domain of infinite techno-physical possibilities, where value — traditionally known as ‘goods and services’ have been inherently dematerialised.
Think of fantasy portals and multidimensional travelling, the theory of wormholes — the analogy of travelling enabled by the bending of spacetime (a dimension beyond our physical constraints of the 3D). Through this analogy, we can kind of understand technological gateways as an act of shape-shifting and energy transmutation.
Technology and innovation has always been conceptual, abstract and based on separate ideas and thoughts which merge into a series of systemic processes, which eventually materialises into one comprehensive organisation and collective of atoms and electrons that evolve to fulfil a collective purpose and intention. Electricity running across a wire which make up systems has been a result of the hacking and manipulation atoms and electrons.
Don’t understand what I mean by this? Think of Henry Ford’s mass production of the Model T automobile that reduced in price due to increased efficiencies via his production assembly lines. If it was not for Nicolaus Otto, the inventor of internal combustion engines, the mass market of automobiles and the mass consumerism of internal combustion engines would have ceased to exist. Ford was able to digest his knowledge of motors and auto designs and applied Otto’s invention to his study of assembly lines as a way to reduce labor costs and increase speed. Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance.
This is technology — the unlocking of the universal power through the application of new inventions into methodological systems to fulfil a common purpose. In Ford’s case the collective purpose was revolutionising the transportation industry which profoundly impacted the 20th century landscape. Through the application of Otto’s invention, Ford unlocked the universal potential and opened the gates to the next inevitable stage of the techno-physical domain. Because of Ford, cars materialised as a good and physical asset that aided as a technological gateway to accessing more of the country’s infrastructures and its ever-changing goods and services.
Fast forward to the late 20th century, particularly the dot-come bubble and the extreme worldwide adoption of the internet. The World Wide Web marked the shift to the Information Age, an economy based on information technology. Suddenly, industries shift into data-driven systems that utilise automation to enhance and recapture value in the form of bits, thus leading to the dematerialisation of commodities.
In economics dematerialisation refers to the absolute or relative reduction in the quantity of materials required to serve economic functions in society. In common terms, dematerialisation means doing more with less. This concept is similar to ephemeralisation as proposed by Buckminster Fuller.
With the rise of automation and new 21st century technologies such as the blockchain and its automated computerised transaction protocols and consensus algorithms thanks to the clever Satoshi Nakamoto, we can exploit such an invention of data algorithms and apply these to systems that will act as a gateway to new techno-physical infrastructures that we never new was possible. It looks like we are entering further into the depths of this new fantasy-like fabrication of the hybridisation of bits and atoms. This is where we can take a moment to appreciate the power of an idea or thought-process, that when activated accordingly and methodologically to current physical laws we can unlock more universal power and new forms of economic productivity.
Technological innovation is a continuous evolutionary process and whether people like it or not, there will always be movement and growth. There will always be new inventions and new ways to apply such ideas. Without creation, there will be disintegration and eventually death — which itself is a transformational process.
“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” — Ronald Reagan
We as humans are creators in our own right to a path of self-mastery and the discovery of the infinite potentials of the imagination.
Laws of thermodynamics and fire as the physical portal
Going back to the concept of gateways and entrances to new dimensions, we won’t really understand the fundamentals of technology until we hack the concept ourselves. Humankind has been doing such a thing since the beginning of our existence; the utilisation of fire being the first raw form of technology itself, the natural physical process of combustion behaving as a gateway itself to other forms of alchemical elemental outputs. This example of fire technology aiding the transformation of a biological resources into ashes — a process where life-force energy supporting the biological resource is not destroyed but transmuted into another form of energy where it is no longer understood as it once was tangibly perceived before perishing into the fire and forming as dust particles. The energy has entered a mysterious domain via the gateway of fire. Where did the energy go and manifest into?
The Law of Thermodynamics conjuncts with technological invention and continuous innovation in terms of the manipulation of where energy flows and how it forms and materialises into productive assets that aid humans with new activities. As we create and innovate more we can expect more profound explorations of the mysterious technological domains of electron and atom manipulation and the manifestation of deeper techno-physical infrastructures. We have yet to understand the scientific laws that govern innovation and how it relates to the imagination and transmutation of energy. We can only understand it in the form of the initial gateway analogy and the act of time-travelling to other interconnected realities via wormholes in the form of warped spacetime. Maybe this is too complex to actually comprehend but I can guarantee there is abundant factual evidence all around us, right at your fingertips that prove that there is a law that governs such mysterious discoveries of entering new technological realities and ways of being.
I have brought this topic up as we must start perceiving technology differently — as an inevitable aspect of creation to enhance more systemised productivity and physical infrastructures/assets that could potentially dematerialise, enable more resource-efficient and optimal recapturing of value which equals to lesser environmental pollution, which can serve the greater humanity as a collective just by doing and accessing more with lesser resources.
The invention of technology is an art-form in itself.
It is within humankind’s nature to keep unlocking the universal power and entering new gateways to manifest and then dematerialise economic processes to live more prosperously and sustainably. It is in our instinctive nature to keep expanding the mind and our collective consciousness. What is the purpose of all this? Perhaps there is a meaning behind all of this metamorphosis, we just have to keep embracing change, accepting the path we are heading and trust that there is infinite value in technological innovation and we must not let fear of the unknown bring us towards inertia and disintegration.